Salt Spring Apple Co.
Our Apples

Our Top 25

Here they are: our premiere selection of apple varieties. We consider these to be the varieties most likely to consistently produce magnificent and memorable fruit in our Salt Spring Island orchard. Read more


Cider Kings

We definitely don't stop at 25 varieties. In fact, we consider these 29 traditional cider varieties (with a few crab-apples and a diminutive super-juicer thrown in) to be the secret to Real Cider. They're most certainly worth checking out. Read more


The Whole 333+

In a world blessed with thousands of apple varieties, not making our Top 25 or Cider Kings lists is hardly cause for embarrassment. Every one of these 333+ apples is a winner in our books. Read more


Why you should be excited:

Horse is an apple of the U.S. South with a reputation for growing well and being oh-so tasty and useful.


apple_horse.JPGThe story of Horse:

Don’t get the wrong idea. This apple may be called Horse, but that’s not because it’s best used for feeding livestock.

Far from it.

No offense to Bessie the mare, but this Horse apple deserves the full attention of humans, too.

Revered in the American South both because the tree grows so well and because the fruit can be used for virtually every purpose, Horse is an 18th century apple that evokes the good old days in so many ways.

It might not look like a shiny grocery store apple and it doesn’t keep well, but Horse is a fine variety that deserves your attention, whether for fresh eating, baking, drying or use in cider.

Horse Facts

Its origins:

Discovered in North Carolina, USA, early in the 18th century.

Flavour, aroma, texture:

Firm white flesh, sometimes stained red. Can eb somewhat tough. Distinctive aromatic, subacid, sprightly flavour.


Medium-large in size, roundish, but sometimes lopsided. Green skin becoming yellow when ripe, with irregualr blotches of russet.

When they’re available:

Mid-season (usually in late September).

Quality for fresh eating:


Quality for cooking:


Keeping ability:

Minimal (best to use within a week or two of harvest).

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